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A little bit lady – the clothes of Simone Rocha

Posted in fashion, and Style & Travel

simone-rocha-rtw-fw2014-runway-04_095156219129There is only one person I know who has more passion for English history than me, and that is sofa brother. We both devour books and tv shows, especially on Tudor and Elizabethan times, with a voraciousness that sofa girl finds disturbing. She, on the other hand, couldn’t care less who killed who and what bizarre relations exist within royal lineages.

When I read that Irish designer Simone Rocha had drawn inspiration for her Fall 2014 collection from an Elizabethan exhibition she had seen, I was more than curious. I have been following Ms. Rocha’s collections for a couple of years, drawn to her romantic yet down to earth clothes.

Simone Rocha - photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Simone Rocha – photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

Not always necessarily suitable for me, I do nonetheless love that girlish elements like pearls, sequins, lace or embroidery embellishments are invariably discreet, and mostly paired with ballet flats or even sneakers, creating a ladylike image that doesn’t take herself too seriously. A little bit lady, she calls it. (Simone Rocha, by the way, is the daughter of designer John Rocha – remember him? – and yet another graduate of St. Martin’s Central in London).

I love that cheeky detail of the slit mid thigh
I love that cheeky detail of the slit mid-thigh

At 51, I don’t want to look ridiculous dressing too young for my age but neither do I want to eschew whimsy or individuality for the more polished looks that are associated with women my age. And Simone Rocha’s collections never fail to provide me with ideas.

Here are some looks from both her Spring and Fall 2014 runway shows. The Tudor elements are visible in the details of the very 21st century styling: subtle but unmistakable. And eminently wearable.

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  1. Can I be really mean and say that if her papà weren’t John Rocha, her collections may never have made it onto the ramps? It feels a little plagiarized.

    April 1, 2014
    • Please, be very mean! I encourage it from time to time

      April 1, 2014
  2. Enjoy your girly side! I think it’s easily translatable for all ages. I really enjoy her aesthetic but if you separate the pairings it will look less twee. A pearl encrusted jacket with something from your own closet and Bob’s your uncle…or John Rocha’s your dad! 🙂

    March 31, 2014
    • Great advice. I actually dislike outfits with matching parts. Come to think of it, I dislike matching anything. Couldn’t even bring myself to have matching nightstands in the bedroom.

      April 1, 2014

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